TASTE OF ITALY
Napoli, a new Italian eatery in Cliffside Park, is thinking outside of the pizza box with wood-fired delights like “White Veggie” featuring assorted roasted vegetables and ricotta cheese, and “White Prosciutto with Dates,” which substitutes traditional sauce for a sweet date spread. The restaurant’s starters all contain fresh mozzarella—order it alone drizzled in olive oil, breaded and fried or in a caprici salad.
So what do locals think of the new place? “I was happy to find that the pizza wasn’t especially oily like other places,” says Doris Pak, 27, of Palisades Park. “All of the ingredients tasted very fresh!” Pak and her boyfriend ordered the Spicy Sausage Pizza and mozzarella sticks, and said that Napoli is their “new go-to spot.”
Napoli, 702 Anderson Ave., Cliffside Park, 201.224.2750, napoliwoodfiredpizzaandbakery. com
When you hear the word “boutique,” you might think of clothing or jewelry, but Bread Boutique & Café, a new bakery in Tenafly, might change your mind. The spot opened in early November and serves a variety of freshly made sandwiches, French macarons and cheesecake slices, plus hot coffee, pastries and fruity gelato with flavors like lychee, melon and mango. The joint is kosher-friendly and within walking distance of local office spaces.
Bread Boutique & Cafe, 15 W. Railroad Ave., Tenafly, 917.514.6380
A FAMILY AFFAIR
East Rutherford is welcoming Elia, a new Mediterranean restaurant, at the former location of Park & Orchard in East Rutherford. The mother/ daughter-owned spot features a menu from Executive Chef Louise Jose Falcon, who also works at popular eateries in NYC. Elia offers fresh fish daily—so fresh, in fact, that it is flown from around the world every morning—and a vibrant bar and lounge scene.
Elia, 240 Hackensack St., East Rutherford, 201.939.9292
Blended Bowls is bringing the popular smoothie bowl trend to Ramsey.
The craze took off at the Jersey Shore a few years back—for those who have never tried the bowls, they typically start with a smoothie base and are then covered with fresh fruit, chia seeds, hazelnut spread, coconut shreds and other toppings. At Blended Bowls, owners Malissa Piazza and Debra Manheimer are offering out-of the-box flavors like acai, plus avocado toast and oatmeal for breakfast, cold brew coffee, tea and fresh juices.
Marissa Murphy, 35, of Ramsey recently tried the spot’s “Boost” bowl to combat cold and flu season. “It was delicious! It was packed with acai, which is tasty and healthy,” she says. “I also love that Blended Bowls only uses eco-friendly utensils—it makes me feel better about ordering to-go.”
Blended Bowls, 100 E. Main St., Ramsey, 201.926.8626, facebook.com/blendedbowls